The Road to Independence for Kosovo: A Chronicle of the Ahtisaari Plan

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Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Law - 317 pages
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This book tells the story of Kosovo's independence, from the periodic bloodshed of the twentieth century to the diplomacy that led to a determination of Kosovo's final status as a state in 2008. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008, over the objection of Serbia and Russia. This culminated more than a hundred years of sometimes violent resistance to what the majority Albanian population considered to be "occupation" by foreign forces - first those of the Ottoman Empire, then those of Serbia, and finally by the United Nations. Kosovo's independence was the product of careful diplomacy, orchestrated by the United States and leading members of the European Union, under a framework brokered by former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, who subsequently won the Nobel Prize for Peace.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Riots in Kosovo
5
Albanian Resentment Comes to a Boil
13
Armed Conflict Grows
31
CeaseFire Breaks Down
41
Establishing the United Nations First Colony
51
Living Under a Colonial Regime
63
Responding to the WakeUp Call
79
The Stage for Final Status
119
Practical Negotiations
141
Negotiations over Status Itself
157
The Ahtisaari Plan
163
The Plan Runs into Trouble
171
The Troika Takes Over
191
Independence Day
211
l7 Kosovos Future
221

The Politics of Purgatory
91
Enter Martti Ahtisaari
111
Implications for the International Order
255
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Henry H. Perritt, Jr., is a Professor of Law and former Dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served on President Clinton's Transition Team and in the Ford administration, during which time he was on the White House staff and later Deputy Under Secretary of Labor. He was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2002. Perritt is the author of more than 90 law review articles and 15 books on international relations and law, technology and law, and employment law, most recently Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency. He also wrote You Took Away My Flag ndash; A Musical About Kosovo, which opened in Chicago in 2009.

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